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A pink wave in Peru? Too soon to say says Javier Puente; State Senator Nancy Skinner lays out priorities in California’s biennial budget; the Black Liberation Walking Tour launches this weekend; Plus legal experts chime in on SCOTUS decisions

On today’s show:
0:08 – Javier Puente (@puentevaldiva) Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latinx Studies at Smith College joins us to unpack how newly elected president of Peru, Pedro Castillo came to power. Castillo was a rondero or peasant militia member in his youth and later became a teacher’s union leader. Some observers describe him as a champion of democratic socialism. Our guest argues in contrast, some of Castillo’s policy positions are highly conservative even if they present a challenge to the intransigent neoliberal norm that’s ruled Peru since Alberto Fujimori’s presidency in the 90s.
0:33 – Adele Stan (@AddieStan) joins us to discuss last month’s Congressional hearing on the January 6th insurrection. Stan is editor of Right Wing Watch, a project of People For the American Way – and a columnist for The American Prospect.
1:08 – California State Senator Nancy Skinner (@NancySkinnerCA) represents California’s 9th state senate district, in the East Bay. She is also chair of the State Senate Budget Committee. She joins us to talk about California’s biennial budget which currently includes $1B for cities to tackle homelessness, recovery funds for small businesses universal, and free transitional pre-kindergarten.
1:20 – Erwin Chemerinsky,( Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law joins us to explain the Supreme Court’s decision on the case of Fulton v Philadelphia. They ruled the city of Philadelphia’s refusal to contract with the anti-gay foster care agency violates the Free Exercise Clause.
1:33 – We’re joined by organizers of the Black Liberation Walking Tour, David Peters (@Bleacherdave), founder of the West Oakland Cultural Action Network and Alternier Cook, Board Chair of the Friends of the Hoover-Durant Public Library. Their tour launches this Saturday, June 19 or Juneteenth. It’s a benefit for the Friends of the Hoover-Durant Public Library a grassroots effort to bring a public library back to the Hoover-Foster neighborhood.
1:48 – Lastly, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act today. Marjorie Cohn (@MarieCohn) professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild joins us to discuss the justices decision.
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